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Blended Design and Project Based Learning: a future for engineering education
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Tuesday, December 8 • 10:50am - 11:05am
| 4A | Implementing engagement-based teaching in engineering research courses

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In undergraduate research programs such as the Bachelor of Philosophy (Hons) (PhB) or various Research and Development (R&D) (Hons) degrees, there is a requirement for students to achieve First Class Honours to graduate from the program. This results in students adhering to an either self-imposed or program-required High Distinction (HD) average grade, cultivating grades-focussed behaviour in many students, as observed in the Bachelor of Engineering (R&D) (Hons) (BE (R&D)) program at the Australian National University (ANU). Focussing on grades and rote memorisation, characteristics of surface learning, is not conducive to the personal and professional development of students, and has resulted in underdeveloped reflective, interpersonal, and critical analysis skills of BE (R&D) students. This behaviour limits the growth of students and undermines the role that engineers have as innovators and leaders in today’s society.
Therefore, engagement-based teaching strategies could lead to more independent learning attitudes, facilitating deep learning, as well as student engagement with their learning and university experience. This engagement could contribute to the development of more reflective and interpersonally skilled engineering graduates, benefiting the students, the university and industry. 


Tuesday December 8, 2015 10:50am - 11:05am
Rincon Room RACV Torquay map C3

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